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The Cleveland International Film Festival features mostly independent films, like

A community of movie lovers

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter April 8, 2016

Every spring, directors, actors and movie moguls descend on Downtown Cleveland. The 40th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) kicked off on March 30, starting 12 days of film exhibition....

The festival presented short films from filmmakers around the world, including a CWRU student.

Short and sweet

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter March 18, 2016

Over a period of three days in early March, a film festival in downtown Cleveland showcased the talent of directors, actors, producers and editors, all of whom work on short films. The Short. Sweet. Film...

The 88th Academy Awards brought the first win for Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 88th Academy Awards: A night where everyone dreamt in gold and touched on diversity

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter February 29, 2016

The 88th Annual Academy Awards was an event that will be a landmark in history, from the commentary on the diversity issues plaguing not just the awards, but all of Hollywood, to benchmark wins and nominations...

Film fest showcases international environmentalism

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter February 12, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 6, a sold-out crowd of 500 community members packed into the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) to celebrate the natural environment and shed light on the challenges it faces....

Strosacker Auditorium was decorated with movie posters and playful rules for the Sci-Fi Marathon.

Sci-Fi and Community: Annual film society marathon connects fans

Alex Tomazic, Contributing Reporter January 22, 2016

The movie industry has always had a fascination with science fiction, tracing its roots back to the late 1920s with “Metropolis” (1927) and “Frankenstein” (1931). But relatively recent films, like...

“The Martian” took home a few awards, including the Best Picture Musical or Comedy award.

Nominees, winners and bedlam at the Golden Globes

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter January 15, 2016

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards were bitingly comedic and lengthy. Celebrating the best in film and television of 2015, the Globes were hosted by veteran comedian Ricky Gervais after lending hosting...

5 movies to watch this Christmas

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter December 23, 2015

Well then, ‘tis the season to be jolly once again, and this season is brimming with the seasonal movies to see, new and old, classic and otherwise. This Christmas, there are a few films that deserve...

Top 10 movies of 2015

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter December 4, 2015

1. “Room” This film may look and seem simple, but don’t let that fool you. This is outstanding filmmaking on all scales, not just small. Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue (who...

Movie treats at Short. Sweet. Film Fest

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter April 3, 2015

Short. Sweet. Film Fest is perfect for those that either love film, love Cleveland or get bored easily. According to one of the Short. Sweet. Film Fest’s film judges Dave St. Clair, you’re “never...

50 Shades of Grey

“Fifty Shades of Grey” not just porn

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter February 20, 2015

While I came into the theater thinking I was just going to see a glorified softcore porn film, every aspect of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was better than what I thought it was going to be. For a movie...

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